"Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." – Michelle Obama
Melissa Gregory Rue writes, directs, and produces films and series that provide cross-cultural experiences to promote greater compassion in our world. Her films have screened at festivals around the U.S. In 2018, Melissa had the privilege of recording soundtracks for “Esperanza’s Turn” and her upcoming documentary, Live Out Loud, with Grammy nominated guitarist Alex de Grassi and world-renowed percussionist, Hamid Drake. Honored saxophonist and educator, Kidd Jordan, and spoken word artist, Don Paul, also appear with Hamid and Alex on the soundtrack for Live Out Loud. Melissa is currently at work on a pilot for a series that is set in her birthplace, Kentucky. In addition to working on her own projects, she co-produces Connectivity Project, a series about people and programs making a positive impact on our society and environment (www.connectivityproject.com). Before shifting her focus to filmmaking, Melissa taught writing and literature at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon for many years.
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    "Esperanza's Turn"2019
    Short
    "Circles"2014
    Short
  • Writer (2 Credits)
    "Esperanza's Turn"2019
    Short
    "Circles"2014
    Short
  • Director (2 Credits)
    "Esperanza's Turn"2019
    Short
    "Circles"2014
    Short
Finalist
"Esperanza's Turn"
Toronto Film Magazine
Toronto
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Silver Mention - Best Social Issues Film
"Esperanza's Turn"
Phoenix Monthly Film Festival
Maple, Ontario
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Louisville International Film Festival
Louisville, Kentucky
2020
Best Sound Design
"Esperanza's Turn"
Cyrus International Film Festival
Toronto
2020
Best Director Award and Nominee for Best Oregon Film
"Esperanza's Turn"
Oregon Short Film Festival
The Dalles
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
The Short Film Filmmaker's Showcase at Pinewood Studios
London
2020
Rising Star Award for Dramatic Short Film
"Esperanza's Turn"
Colorado International Activism Film Festival
Denver
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
New York Lift-Off Film Festival
Online
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival
Online
2020
Honorable Jury Mention/Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival
Greater Noida, India
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Children's Film Festival Seattle
Seattle
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Las Cruces International Film Festival
Las Cruces
2020
Nominee: Best Oregon Filmmaker
"Esperanza's Turn"
McMinnville Short Film Festival
McMinnville
2020
Best Editing
"Esperanza's Turn"
iNDIE Film Festival
Phoenix
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
International Peace & Film Festival
Orlando, Florida
2020
College
Northwest Film Center
Certificate in Filmmaking
20032010
College
Portland State University
M.A. in English Literature
19931995
College
Miami of Ohio
English Literature
19891993
High School
Bourbon County High School, Paris, Kentucky
19851989
Birth Date
February 21, 1971
Current City
Louisville, Kentucky
Hometown
Paris, Kentucky
Married To
David Rue
"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”
― Andy Warhol
"Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." – Michelle Obama